May 04 2018
Earlier this year, I traveled to Zanzibar, a small island off the coast of Tanzania, to get my PADI Open Water Certification (scuba certification) and knew I wanted to stay at a hotel on the beach. After browsing through beautiful beach hotel after beautiful beach hotel, I kept going back to Park Hyatt Zanzibar in Stone Town, a UNESCO heritage site. This perfectly located hotel is just a short 10 minute walk from the ferry and offers privacy on the westernmost end of the Shangani beachfront. Its luxurious guest rooms, delicious on site dining, and stunning infinity pool are everything you…
May 03 2018
Nearly 25 years after the gruesome killing of close to one million Rwandans and displacement of nearly two million Rwandans, you would hardly know walking down the streets of Kigali that such a terrible tragedy occurred in the country’s recent history. Today, Rwanda is a well-organized, safe, and clean country – in fact beating out most large cities around the world, including my hometown of Chicago, on the safety and cleanliness scales. Indeed, Rwanda is one of the safest countries in Africa and shows its support for the environment in ways that are unheard of throughout much of the world,…
Apr 07 2018
“Luxury” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of Rwanda, but that’s exactly what you’ll experience when you stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. This hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of some of the best restaurants and cafes in Kigali and within a 10-15 minute drive from many landmarks like the airport, city centre, and various neighborhoods that are worth checking out. It is also well equipped with a state-of-the-art gym, spa, outdoor pool, and even tennis court so that you can stay healthy and fit while…
Mar 28 2018
I spent months preparing for my hike up to Mount Kilimanjaro. I researched and researched more. I exercised. I was confident in our guide company, Pristine Trails. But when I woke up early in the morning in my Moshi hotel room on the day of my hike, I had no way of truly knowing what I was going to experience in the next seven days. Each day was completely different from the day before. The scenery, terrain and climate – even my physical shape and mood changed with each new day (something I wasn’t entirely expecting). If you’ve just signed up…
Mar 07 2018
When I first started planning for my Kilimanjaro trek, I was overwhelmed by the number of tour operators available for hire. I read review after review of various Kilimanjaro tour operators but wasn’t sure which factors to look out for that would be most crucial to my success. Now, having just summited Kilimanjaro with a company that contributed vastly to my success (thank you Pristine Trails), I have a few tips for how to choose the best Kilimanjaro guides on your Kilimanjaro trek.
1. Choose a Kilimanjaro tour operator that won’t skimp on resources
As a general rule of thumb, you should…
Feb 06 2018
Each day is an opportunity for a new adventure, and soon I will be embarking on a new adventure to the tallest mountain in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro. At nearly 20,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and typically takes between 6-8 days to hike. For the first time in my life, I will need to factor into my packing certain challenges I might encounter with elevation and altitude, temperature changes as we ascend 9,000 feet over the course of a week, inability to shower for seven days, and lack of electricity to charge my devices. After…
Dec 31 2017
2017 was a big year for us. Earlier this year we shared about our goal to travel to 17 countries in 2017, and we far surpassed that goal. As we reflect back on 2017, we decided again to provide you with the highlights from our year and answer your questions, rather than ramble on about every little experience we had on our travels. We hope you enjoy reminiscing about our 2017 travels as much as we do and that some of our stories inspire you to visit one of these incredible destinations in 2018. Here’s what we loved, hated, and…
Jul 26 2017
When most people think of the Sahara, the first word that comes to mind is probably not “glamorous” or “luxurious.” However, with the recent “glamping” phenomenon, it has become possible to have a luxury desert experience. Glamping, or glamourous camping, has caught on recently as a global trend that allows people to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort . I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at Sahara Stars Camp, a beautiful new glampsite in the Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara, for one night back in May 2017 and cannot recommend it more highly. If you’re…
Jul 17 2017
Visiting the Sahara Desert has been on my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember. That’s why, when I took an impromptu trip to Morocco in May 2017, I made sure to plan my trip around a desert excursion. I booked a shared 3 day trip to the Sahara Desert with Marrakech Desert Trips and was not disappointed. Riding a camel through the golden sand dunes of the Sahara and sitting outside at night gazing up at the millions of stars in the sky are not things I get to experience on a regular basis. This was…
Jul 28 2016
The following is a guest post by Kathy James of Walkabout Wanderer.
I have been to Morocco three times over the past 18 months, so it is pretty clear that I love Morocco. Coming from the UK, I can arrive in Africa, submersed in a completely different culture, in only four hours. However, my love for Morocco stems from more than just the interesting culture or the convenience in which I am able to arrive there.
Morocco has it all – sea, city, culture, mountains, and desert.
There is a crazy amount of sensory overload in Marrakesh, the starting point for most travellers in Morocco. Nowadays, however, cheap…